Summer Reading Assignment

Dear upcoming 5th Grader,

Ms. Arenas has told me wonderful things about her class and how capable you are! I am really looking forward to having you as my student next year and learning many exciting things together. I like music, reading, dancing and going on field trips. I hope that you share your interests with me and that you infuse your interests into your projects in and outside of class.

I am wishing you have a wonderful summer full of fun and adventure! In the meantime, I would like you to go on a journey with me and the rest of your classmates by reading the following books over the summer and completing two book reports on:
1. The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies
2. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

The Lemonade War is great book that is easy to read, fun and very adventurous just like you! Pictures of Hollis Woods has a more serious theme that's appropriate for a gifted 5th grade student. These books are is available for purchase through Scholastic, or you may purchase through me or by going directly to I suggest you purchase your books before the school year ends. You may also purchase the books at Barnes and Noble, online at Amazon or Scholastic and get it mailed directly home. Both book reports will be due the first week of school and no exceptions will be made. Each book report will be GRADED for a reading, language arts and social studies grade. Directions on how to complete the book reports are at the bottom of this page or in the packet you pick up from me in room 205; scroll down to the bottom past the Discovery Science Camp see more.

Finally, you may download pages 1-3 of the Book Report here below.
Summer Book Report Page 1 -
Summer Book Report Page 2 -
Summer Book Report Page 3 -

Also, I included a science kit with 7 experiments you must complete over the summer .
Click here to download the summer lab report. You need to submit 7 reports one for each mystery science experiment/investigation.

Finally, here is a link to the class supplies list you can find at Target. Thank you!Para la lista de utensilios escolares presione el link aqui of siga hasta el final de esta pagina has llegar abajo. Gracias!

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DISCOVERY SCIENCE CAMPScroll down to complete all the questions in the GREEN registration form


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How do I complete the summer book reports?
Please make sure that you write neatly and in PARAGRAPH FORM in ALL responses, and included the questions as well as your responses. You may type your assignment or you may write it by hand, but please make sure it is legible, free of spelling mistakes and that it makes sense by answering the question. Stick to the topic and don't wonder off into other topics. This means you must complete pages 1-3 for each book read. Each one of these book reports will be worth a grade for reading, language arts and social studies.

Finally, for your convenience I have included a class list of supplies for next year. You may also communicate with me if you have any questions about the assignment or anything else during the summer at


How do I complete the summer science labs?
Just follow the directions on the science experiment sheet given to you. Don't forget you must complete a science report no longer than one page for each experiment. You must have these three parts:

1. What you thought would happen or your Hypothesis
2. Your observations - provide details of what you saw or observed (you may add pictures or drawings if you want)
3. Your wondering - what are our wondering now that you completed the experiment.
Finally, some of my students did various of the experiments and you you may see them by clicking on the links below...

To watch videos explaining your "summer experiments" just look for the title of your experiment below and click on the link. Some of the students this year left you some neat explanations. Hope you enjoy them!

It's Electric
Walking Water
Walking Water

Which Way Bubbles
Straw Instrument
The Magic Towel 1
Fun With Foil
Pop The Top

Constellation SnackConstellation Snack 2
Rock N' Roll
Ice Fishing 1Ice Fishing 2

Balloon Speakers 1Balloon Speakers 2

You can go directly to this link and download the class list of supplies; all available at Target. Thank you!Presione el link para obtener la lista de utensilios or materiales escolares para el primer dia de clases; todo se encuentra en Target. Gracias!

Back to School Supply ListLista de Utensilios Escolares

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  • One 1.5" inches Mead Binder (Hardcover)
  • 4 Tennis Balls cut to fit the legs of chairs or a pack of Chair Socks for $3.44 found at the School Specialty website
  • Ream of Multicolored "Astrobrite" Paper
  • 4 Pieces of felt with 4 rubber bands or 4 tennis balls cut in an X to to cover each leg of the student chair
  • 4 Composition Notebooks - Single Subject (one for each subject: math, science, social studies, reading/writing)
  • 2 Boxes of #2 Pencils "Sharpened" (student must come with at least TWO sharpened pencils everyday)
  • 3 Erasers
  • Ruler
  • 1 Box of Color Markers
  • 1 Box of Color Pencils
  • Glue - 1 bottle of liquid glue like Elmer's white glue
  • Highlighters Assorted colors
  • 5 File Folders (math, science, reading and social studies and one for special projects)
  • 5 folders - the kinds with pockets inside one of each color: blue (math), orange (reading), yellow (social studies), green (science), red (homework & communication for parents)
  • 2 Tissue Boxes
  • 2 Rolls of paper towels (for example Bounty)
  • 1 Pair of headphone or earbuds for the computer center/lab
  • 1 Hand Sanitizer Bottle of about 16oz
  • 1 Pack of Index Cards: IMPORTANT that it is the LARGE SIZE 5" x 8"
  • 1 Box of Ziplock Bags - Snack Size
  • 1 Box of Ziplock Bags - Quart Size
  • 1 Box of Ziplock Bags - Gallon Size
  • 1 Box of Baby Wipes
  • Lysol Wipes for cleaning their area of the Science Lab

PROJECTS SUPPLIES: these supplies may be purchased when the first project is assigned
  • 8G flash drive to save projects, assignments and pictures
  • 1 Project Board for the Science Fair and can be purchased : Project Boards are sold inexpensively through the PTA

I look forward to seeing you next year. Have a great summer!

Ms. Diaz
5th Grade Teacher of the Gifted